The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

by Michael Lewis


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393330472
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 35,677
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

Date of Birth:

October 15, 1960

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, LA


Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985

Table of Contents

Back Story     15
The Market for Football Players     29
Crossing the Line     45
The Blank Slate     75
Death of a Lineman     103
Inventing Michael     131
The Pasta Coach     167
Character Courses     197
Birth of a Star     231
The Egg Bowl     263
Freak of Nurture     293
And Moses Stuttered     313
Afterword to the Paperback Edition     331
Author's Note     335

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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 783 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Living in the third poorest zip code in the United States, very few people get out to lead better lives. In the thought-provoking book The Blind Side, a fifteen year old boy named Michael Oher acquires the chance to leave because of his athletic ability. At age fifteen and already six foot five and 330 pounds, Michael has the build of a prototypical NFL offensive lineman. In a once in a million chance a rich white family adopts him and helps him reach his new goal of becoming a sports superstar. Throughout the book, Michael Lewis shifts from point to point, telling the reader about Michael but then explaining the offensive lineman¿s job in minute detail. You learn that Oher¿s mother is on crack, his dad is dead, and he¿s escaped from several foster homes as a child. I simply shook my head in wonder reading this book about how many good and bad things can happen simultaneously. I definitely suggest reading this book, as it is both touching and tells an avid sports fan much more in depth about the game of football than they ever thought. Sean period 4-6
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side was enjoyable because of it powerful message about overcoming and putting others first. Through out the whole book the Tuogh family goes out of there way to help a young boy that they do not even know. Reading the book made me want to go out in my community and do something to help. Reading about how loving the family was, showed me the proper way for a christain family to act. I love hearing storys of people doing what ever they can to make a diffeance in some ones life that they dont even know, The Blind Side is a the perfect example of this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good. i really don't like to read books, but i understod this one. mostly impart because it was about football, something i really like to play. it inspires you not to give up in life, or anything for that matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side is a wonderfully written book about a famous, highly paid, football player, Michael Oher. Michael was not the average kid. He has thirteen brothers and sisters, his mom is addicted to crack, he doesn't know his father, he had never touched a football, and he doesn't know the basics to a good education such as reading and writing. He didn't have a stable home and didn't attend school on a regular basis. Then, his life took a turn for the better. He, some how, got into Briarcrest Christian School and was adopted by a wealthy white family. He and his new family worked hard to obtain an acceptable grade point average for the NCAA so he could play college football. Michael Oher faced and overcame many challenges. His life is mysterious, sad, and inspiring. He was able to make something of himself, with the help of others, and reached the ¿American Dream¿.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story and wished for more about Michael Oher and the Thouy family. I was completely bored with the pages and pages of football plays and football history. I am not that big a fan. I found myself skimming those pages to move on to the actual story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had seen the movie, which prompted me to read the book. The book does focus on the relationship between Michael Oher and the Touhy family, but to a lesser degree than the movie. The book focuses equally on Oher's relationship with the Touhys and the evolution of the game of professional football. Although I'm not a football fan, I received an education on how professional football has changed over the last 40 years. I was hoping for more detail regarding the interpersonal relationship aspects of the story, and instead found out more about football than I ever wanted to know. If you're a football fan you'll love the book. If you're looking for a more in-depth look at the relationships of the people involved you'll be dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As well as you know, the book is always better than the movie. The Blind Side is a work of excellent entertainment. The story of Michael Oher is a story of classic rags to riches, but the Tuohy family changing his and their lives the moment they picked Michael up that cold night. The point of his education played such a integral part in his life that again the Tuohy family had a part in. The Blind Side is such a good feel good story. You don't have to be a sports fan, you don't have to be any kind of a fan to enjoy this story. great reading!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story. I read this book not knowing they were making it into a movie and I'm so glad I did. I only hope the movie can do the book justice. At times, the book can get very football intense which I was not expecting, but if you can hang in there it's worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great! I learned about college recruiting,football,and gaining sucess through unexpected means. My only downside was the history lessons on football. The information really interrupted the exciting story. But, was very interesting in its own way. Besides the football lessons it was still a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been interested in sports due to the lessons learned in developing leadership and motivational skills. It has always been fascinating to me to see what separates the winners from losers, the good players from the super stars, and the bench players from the starters. I used to think it was their unusual physical abilities. It is apparent to me now the intangible differences lie in the mental conditioning. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to one and all. What is especially appealing is that those not interested in sports will still be enthralled, entertained, and captivated. Reading 'The Blind Side' brings home the fact mental toughness starts in one's environment. It is a story bigger than just football. It is an inspirational, motivational, and engergizing story about the differences in a life one person can make. Reginald V. Johnson, author, 'How To Be Happy, Successful, And Rich'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a pretty big disapointment. There was too much about football and not enough about Michael Oher and the Touhys. And Im a football fan. Parts with Michael were good though. Wouldnt have watched movie if I had read book first. Movie was way better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis was a truly great book. Michael Oher was a young poor black kid that had excellent football skills. He was never known as an athletic or academic kid because of where he was from. As Michael got adopted/picked to live with his football coach and his family, he began to live a life of a regular football player, and a normal human being. Over time Michaels academic and athleticism increased, and he became a great player. From there Michael move on into college at Ole Miss. And he went to the NFL getting drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. This book is great because it showed how Michael matured, and overcame though situations throughout his life. This book demonstrates how not only you over time can become better at school, but also at sports. I learned multiple things from this book including that nothing is impossible, and if you put your mind to something, and try your hardest you will eventually succeed. This book deserves a 5 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend that everyone no matter if they life sports or not, they read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a book my husband and I can read. The human story is personal and uplifting. The back ground of football was very informative yet not super dry. I actually might be able to watch a pro game now with out being bored to tears.
FredT More than 1 year ago
Both my wife (not a football fan) and me (a football fan) read this book straight through over 2 days. It combines a compelling emotional story (told in the movie) with much more background on the football side of the story and the social side of kids growing up in the shifting sands of absentee parents and economic and social deprivation. At the end of the book, the story of Michael is pulled together in a comprehensive and compelling way that the movie couldn't accomplish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side the book is even better than the movie which is outstanding. The book is the story of Michael Oher and his tremendous turn around life. After having a childhood where is mother was addicted to crack and living on the street having the to Tuohy family take him in was a big change. Throughout the book you follow Michael on his football journey of becoming a great left tackle and every page you feel like you know him and are cheering for him the whole time. This book has the message of how hard work pays off and it is worth it in the end. Anyone who has seen the movie and liked it will love the book. Also anyone who likes football or a great story should read this book, since it is great for men and women of any age group. My overall rate of this book is five of five stars because it was an entertaining book that I really enjoyed. I liked this book because it was easy to understand and relate to. I love watching football so reading this book painted a picture in your head of what was going on and it made you feel like you were there and you were part of the family or crowd cheering on Michael. A dislike of the this book was since watching the movie made me want to read the book I knew how things were going to turn out, so it took away some of the suspense and shock at the outcomes. Also I was visualizing the movie characters instead of making up my own in my head. The book at some points dragged on and got boring, but I just skipped over them and enjoyed the rest. But I would strongly suggest watching the movie but like always read the book first and they both will be great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side The Blind Side is about Michael Oher. He is one of 13 children to a mother addicted to crack. They live in the middle of a city owned by gangs and full of drugs and violence. Michael has little to no knowledge and no real home. Then one day, a man named Tony Henderson takes his son to get a Christian education, because of his mothers dying wish. To keep Michael from heading towards a bad end , he takes Michael with him. Because of his choice, he meets a rich, white family that changes his life forever. What I like about this book is that someone who knows nothing about this poor black boy, takes him in and gives him a new life. This is something we all should do, take care of each other. I could not find anything bad about this book. I recommened this book if you like to see triumph in the face of adversity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book that even topped the movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true,heartfting story about a poor football player off of the streets,who makes a football game a series of suprising events.Michael ore changes the lives of many,espec the Tuii's,who took michael in when he needed it,he was respectful but confused and found his way to a happier life even when he faced hard times.
shawnd on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I couldn't put this down. I am a football fan but not a great one by far -- I don't watch more than 8 games a year, and I don't do Fantasy League. But it is enchanting. Michael Lewis does have a gift for writing factual biographical novels. Sort of Tracy Kidder meets John Grisham. The fact the he interviewed extensively Bill Parcells, Bill Walsh and many other players is amazing and quality work.
gocam on LibraryThing 3 months ago
After a beautiful opening passage and engaging opening chapters, this was, for me, a disappointing, ultimately exasperating, "he said, she said, he did, she did" exploration of changes in football strategy over the past decades on one hand, and the culture surrounding how the teams are built, developed and educated: focusing particularly on the players (many of whom are black kids from poor single parent upbringings with little formal education) who have grown to fill the now crucial quarterback protection position. This feels like a mightily padded magazine article, and in a shorter format the punch would be stronger but expanded to fill the book length the flaws defocus from the real story here. I'm a football novice, but found it wonderfully incisive when sticking to the nuts and bolts of what has happened to the game, and the importance of the team players who are (or were) often ignored in the spectacle. I found Lewis recent history of how the offensive game has changed captivating even to someone with very little knowledge of the sport. However, its in Lewis' coverage of the personal and cultural back story that the book becomes far less satisfying, and suffers from an overly bland, turgid relating of the facts when the subject positively screams out for some sort of opinion, author's voice or other form of subjective expression or introspection. In covering Oher's rise through high school to pre-NFL college the author untangles Michael's life and presents this untangling in an awkward order that seems to match that in which he discovers the facts making the telling seem more like a diary of Lewis than an exploration of his subject. Oher's story is certainly interesting, sad, tragic and uplifting to some degree - it is also infuriating and Lewis doesn't shy away from the negative - but in the way that Lewis tells it not sufficiently _engaging_ to lift this work to the level where I would unreservedly recommend it.There is a heartbreakingly sad social story here that includes, yet goes beyond the personal, and deserves a much more engaging telling, and ultimately this book left me disappointed that it dedicated so much page space to the topic with so very little depth.As a history of a changing game, it succeeds with gusto - as a commentary on the social underpinnings I left feeling a little short-changed.
mrtall on LibraryThing 3 months ago
An almost perfect work of non-fiction. Lewis blends the story of Michael Oher, a big kid who's been more or less abandoned by the world, and his rise to big-time football, with a well-researched and completely accessible analysis of the way the pro game's changed its views of offensive linemen. My dull, workmanlike description does no justice at all to this book. If you're a sports fan, it's pure gold. If you're not, read the book anyway for the quality of Lewis's character profiling and limpid prose.
rayski on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Explains the development of the importance of the offensive lineman, more importantly the left tackle. But the bigger story is school programs doing whatever they can to get the talent on their teams even when it means compromising educational standards.
maggiereads on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Super Bowl XLI is right around the corner, and I have the perfect book to whet your appetite. Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, has written another sports expose titled The Blind Side. This time he aims his knowledgeable pen at the institution of football.His first chapter retells the horrendous tackle Joe Theismann endured by Lawrence Taylor¿an attack which ended his football career. The ABC game, a Monday Night Football production watched by 17.6 million viewers, featured the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. It was, ¿the start of the second quarter, first and 10 at midfield,¿ when Theismann caught the ¿flea flicker¿ and set up for a pass.Out of nowhere Taylor raised his arm to sack attack Theismann. The force wasn¿t in Taylor¿s arm but rather in his descending right thigh. As he came down for the tackle his thigh was pushed down into Thiesmann¿s right leg, fracturing tibia and fibula.Lawrence Taylor had made a name for himself as a fanatical quarterback destroyer. Apparently, Taylor had a mild case of claustrophobia and preferred to maneuver away from the pack. This being, he would not lower himself into a set position when in the line of scrimmage. Once the ball was snapped, he preferred to move around the mass and be the guy closer to the top of any tackle.Just by playing with his natural fear he became successful at ¿sacking the quarterback.¿ Time-after-time he went around the line and circled back to find the quarterback unprotected. He, in effect, hit the man from his blind side and created a new football strategy.This new strategy requires a heavy, nimble man or waltzing elephant to be effective. It is a unique human that possesses this mixture, weight and grace¿so unique, that the NFL is willing to pay big money for the specimen. The left tackle, Taylor¿s position, is the second highest paid player, other than the quarterback.Imagine you are a football scout and you have just seen an incredible sight, a sophomore at Briarcrest Christian School, bulky yet nimble, making three pointers on the Memphis basketball court. This is how Michael Oher first appeared to scout Tom Lemming, believing he had just witnessed the next Orlando Pace.The next year, Lemming ¿ranked him [Oher] as the #1 offensive line prospect¿ in the country. Follow Oher¿s evolution, currently playing at Ole Miss, from gentle giant to mean machine in this very entertaining book.
jmcclain19 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is a tale of two interwoven stories. The first is the story of Michael Oher, son a crack addict, who rose up to be one of the top NFL Lineman prospects in next summer's 2008 NFL Draft. And the second is the story of how football has evolved from a slug it out, pound the dirt ground based game to a light up the scoreboard and torch the horizons passing game. Oher, a massive man child, stumbles upon two benefactors who eventually adopt him and enroll him at a small private Christian school in Memphis where he learns to make mincemeat out of high school football defenses. Notable parts of the story are the courting of Oher by College Football's biggest names, including home visits from Phillip Fulmer, David Cutcliffe & Nick Saban to shmooze the family on the benefits of going to their particular school. Another is Lewis backstory of how a little known offensive genius by the name of Bill Walsh challenged the norm and reshaped football forever. Overall it's an excellent football history story, but it's also a fascinating look at a unique individual and the craziness that inevitably surrounds future NFL players.
moss_icon on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A fascinating and moving insight into the growth of a potential NFL star from very humble and difficult beginnings. I am sure the vast majority of people who have read this will be pulling for Oher to make it to the big stage. The development and changes in the guys life are brought out well by Michael Lewis here, this is a very fine book, he clearly has a knack for writing about sports what with this and Moneyball. I look forward to his next book on football, although I fear we may have to wait longer than I would really like.